The ICC World Cup 2015 has seen some brilliant performances by the individuals in the league stages(till now) and their respective teams would hope that they rise to the occasions in the knock-outs of the tournament. There are quite a few players like Trent Boult, Kane Williamson who have performed extremely well till now and also have been sold for a good price in IPL auctions 2015. But there are some players who are having a good World Cup but remained unsold in this year’s auctions. So, let us take at them in detail:
-> Hashim Amla:
Hashim Amla, South Africa’s run-machine, unexpectedly remained unsold in this year’s IPL auctions. It’s true that he is not as flamboyant as Glenn Maxwell and nor is very very special like AB de Villiers, but he has a class of his own. When the situation demands, Amla possesses the ability to find gaps and score at a good rate. In the ICC World T20 2014, he scored 185 runs in 5 matches at a good average of 37.00 with a brilliant strike-rate of 131.20. His overall T20 numbers are also quite impressive. In the 74 T20s, he has scored 1950 runs at a strike-rate of 123.41. Going by all these facts and stats, it was a complete surprise that a man of his calibre was not lapped up by any IPL side.
In the ICC World Cup 2015, he has scored 257 runs in 4 matches (till now) at an excellent average of 64.25 with a fifty and a hundred at a strike-rate of 95.18, better than his career strike-rate of 89.85 and is currently the fourth highest run-getter of the tournament.
-> Kumar Sangakkara:
Kumar Sangakkara, Sri Lanka’s batting stalwart, who missed the IPL 2014 auctions so as to increase the likelihood of getting a better contract in this year’s auction, was brought back in the final round but remained unsold. He is a good T20 player and it would have been a perfect option for any franchise to pick him because he has announced that he will retire from ODIs after the ICC World Cup 2015, so, going by this fact, he would have been available for the whole IPL. His overall T20 numbers are also quite good. In the 155 T20s, he has scored 3882 runs at a strike-rate of 123.90.
Till now in World Cup, he has scored 268 runs in 4 matches at an awe-inspiring average of 134.00 with two 100+ scores at a strike-rate of 125.82 and is currently the second highest run-getter of the tournament.
-> Tillakaratne Dilshan:
In Tillakaratne Dilshan, Sri Lanka have a reliable top-order batsman, who is capable of performing under pressure. He provides the fireworks at the top which allows the skipper Angelo Mathews to play the role of a finisher later in the innings. But surprisingly, just like the last year’s IPL auctions, he remained unsold this year too. Undoubtedly, Dilshan is a genuine T20 player and just like the case of Sangakkara, it would have been a perfect option for any franchise to pick him because in all likelihood, he will retire from ODIs after the completion of ICC World Cup 2015. His overall T20 numbers are also pretty decent. In the 170 T20s, he has scored 3897 runs at a strike-rate of 120.57.
Till now in World Cup, he has scored 229 runs in 4 matches at a brilliant average of 76.33 (with a hundred) at a strike-rate of 94.23 and is currently the ninth highest run-getter of the tournament.
-> Marlon Samuels:
Marlon Samuels, West Indies’s middle-order mainstay, remained unsold in IPL auctions this time maybe because he would not have been available for the whole tournament as England are scheduled to tour West Indies for a three-match Test series starting April 13th. The series will get over on May 5th, which means that had he been brought by any franchise, his availability would have been for the later part of the IPL. Overall, he is a decent T20 batsman and can also deliver with his offspin when needed.
In the ICC World Cup 2015, he has scored 192 runs in 4 matches (till now) at an excellent average of 64.00 (with a hundred) and is currently the second highest run-getter for West Indies in the tournament after Chris Gayle, who has 258 runs in as many matches.
-> Brendan Taylor:
Over the years, Brendan Taylor has grown leaps and bounds to become one of Zimbabwe’s premier batsman and has also made a name for himself as his team’s crisis man. In his 96 T20s, he has scored 2418 runs at a strike-rate of 122.36 with a hundred and 20 fifties, which clearly proves that he is a reliable T20 batsman.
Till now in World Cup, he has scored 174 runs in 4 matches at an average of 43.50 at a strike-rate of 85.29.
*Stats updated till March 5th, 2015